Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chicken hariyali

We were invited to a friend's house.  Normally, we see chicken curry, either in red colour or yellow colour. But I was surprised to see a green colour chicken.  I asked the host, how she made it?  She was happy to share it.  The main ingredient she used was, coriander to get the green colour.  After I came home , I started thinking, what else can I use to make it look green and tasty too. Here I used spinach as a substitute for coriander.  I use very little green chillies so my kids could enjoy it too, Its a good way to make the kids eat spinach.  Try it, you'll love it!

Chicken 1 lb cleaned and cut in pieces
green chillies - 4 chopped( adjust according to taste)
Spinach - 1 cup, washed , chopped and blended into puree
Whole garam masala - 1 tbsp includes, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon , shahi jeera.
onions -2 medium
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Make a puree of spinach with very little water, green chillies ,one onion and keep it to the side.
Pour oil in a pan add the whole garam masala and fry for a min and add chopped onion slices. Fry until onions are golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry , Now add chicken and fry until it is nice and brown. Add salt as this is frying. When the chicken is almost cooked, add the spinach puree and allow it to simmer. Let all the juices of chicken and the spinach mix together and cook. When the oil starts to come on the top,  take it off the stove. serve hot with roti or rice. 

Tip: If you don't want the whole garam masala coming your way while eating, blend it in the spinach puree.

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